Slowing down traffic on estate

West View Community Centre in Fleetwood have received a new speed control sign to use in the area.  Pictured are coun Lorraine Beavers with volunteers John Jones and Heather Evans, Debbie King from Lancashire County Council and volunteer Julie Sandham.
West View Community Centre in Fleetwood have received a new speed control sign to use in the area. Pictured are coun Lorraine Beavers with volunteers John Jones and Heather Evans, Debbie King from Lancashire County Council and volunteer Julie Sandham.

Streets on Fleetwood’s West View estate could now be a little safer thanks to a new £3,500 mobile 20mph sign.

The ‘smiley face’ speed indicator device (SPID) can be moved around the estate by residents and sited where it is considered most at need.

The scheme has been provided by road authority Lancashire County Council, and has been funded and organised by housing group Regenda, as part of its on-going improvements on the West View estate.

County Coun Lorraine Beavers, who is the council’s lead for health and wellbeing, attended the launch of the sign.

She said: “Residents in West View have raised concerns about speeding and I’m glad we’ve been able to support them in taking the initiative to encourage drivers to observe the 20mph limits.

“People feel much safer to walk and cycle when vehicle speeds are lower and the chances of being killed or seriously injured in a collision are much reduced at 20mph compared with 30mph.

“The speed indicator devices have been shown to successfully influence drivers to slow down and I look forward to seeing the sign in use around the area.

Coun Beavers added: “Where any community has concerns about speeding the county council will work with the police and local people to monitor speeds, influence drivers’ attitudes, and enforce the limit.”

Regenda’s community development manager at West View, Tracey McNamara, said: “The community will own the SPID and, with the help of West View Community Association volunteers, will help move it to hotspots identified by the residents themselves.”